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Fair an education in education

March 11, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Patrick Martin has worked for the Chambersburg Fire Department for 12 years, and now he's taking a closer look at the future.

The firefighter has been thinking about getting a fire science college degree, which would allow him to move into a management position in a fire department.

Martin said he is at a point in life that, "if I'm going to do this, I need to do it."

Martin was among those at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Wednesday afternoon to see what educational opportunities they can seize.

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The university system held one of its annual college fairs to give students a chance to learn more about the institutions offering degrees at the 32 W. Washington St. center.

The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is a regional higher education center. Frostburg State University, Towson University, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland University College and Salisbury University offer degrees though the center.

The university system usually offers two college fairs a year to familiarize people with its offerings, said C. David Warner III, executive director of the center. Wednesday's fair was from 5 to 8 p.m.

The degrees offered at the university system are for juniors, who have already completed their freshman and sophomore years, or people who have obtained two-year associate of arts degrees, Warner said.

About 200 people usually attend the fairs, and Warner said he figured the event might be more attractive to people in the struggling economy.

Alyssa Blair, 18, was looking for a school offering a psychology program that would interest her. Blair said she is interested in offering Christian counseling through a church and is attending Frederick (Md.) Community College.

Blair was looking at Frostburg State University's program as a possibility for meeting her educational needs.

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